Panel and Open Discussion: Markers and Memory, Places and Ghosts
With: Vera Frenkel, Reesa Greenberg, Loren Lerner
Moderator: Peter White
November 2, 2006 at 6:00 pm
All my work deals with ghosts. Ghosts are invisible to most people but visible to a few.
In Germany there are 303 streets named after their former Jewish residents, but hardly anyone notices them. These street names are ghosts of the past, haunting the present.
The street signs in my images explicitly name what’s missing from all these places. I hope the work will provide an opportunity for meditation not only on this incurable, traumatic absence, but also on the causes of more recent attempts to destroy minority cultures and erase their presence.
- Susan Hiller
Susan Hiller began her artistic career in London in the early 1970's.
She first became known for an innovative artistic practice including group participation
works such as Dream Mapping (1974); museological/archival installations such
as Fragments (1978), Enquiries/Inquiries (1973 & 1975) and Dedicated to
the Unknown Artists (1972/6); and many other works in a range of media exploring
automatic writing, ESP, photomat machines, wallpaper, postcards and other denigrated
aspects of popular culture.
Her work is an excavation of the overlooked, ignored, or rejected aspects of
our shared cultural production, and her varied projects collectively have been
described as investigations into the 'unconscious' of culture.
A major survey exhibition of Hiller’s career to date initiated by BALTIC
Centre of Contemporary Art (2004) has toured to Museu Serralves, Porto (2004)
and the Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2005). Her work is in numerous collections,
including her major installation, The Freud Museum, currently on view at the
Tate Modern, London.